After Australia, French without France
Chapter Two - Methodology 47
Chapter 2 Methodology Two research questions were devised to investigate the intricacies of the processes of acculturation and repatriation of the French sojourners in this project. A further question was included to identify the impact linguistic changes experienced by the group had on these processes. A final question was posed to investigate the changing perceptions of their cultural identity following the cultural exchange in Australia. 1. What is the acculturation process which French academic sojourners undergo in Australia? 2. What happens when they repatriate? 3. What are the language experiences of the French students in Australia and upon re-entry in their homeland? 4. How did they perceive their changing cultural identity or a sense of discontinuity during and after their acculturation and repatriation processes? The research questions sought to identify the intercultural and acculturation experiences of this discrete group of academic sojourners, both during their sojourn in Australia and after their return home. This project has been oriented towards an eclectic and holistic approach to the study of the acculturation and repatriation of French academic sojourners in an Australian context, through the use of a cyclical process in the methodology of data collection and ensuing analysis, primarily because adaptation processes are rarely one- dimensional. 48 The Research Design A qualitative-holistic research design of gathering and analysing evidence using a multi-linear longitudinal and cross-sectional appro- ach (Kim, 2001) was adopted. A total of thirty-four interviews formed the basis of the project, with twenty-eight French individuals studying in Australian universities participating in...
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